I was thinking that I need to make up for yesterday’s hasty picture, but I suppose this really won’t cut it… but anyway! The toilets here in Austria are well worthy of a post. On Wikipedia, I found the following description:
A washout toilet, informally called a German toilet, is a kind of flush toilet predominantly used in Germany and Austria. The German terms for this type of toilet are Flachspüler or Hochspüler. The German toilet has a shelf in the toilet bowl above the water surface to hold the faeces before flushing, where they may be inspected for “health reasons.”
Indeed. I think most foreigners are quite conflicted about being confronted with their own faeces upon their first visits to the loo, but you do tend to get used to it. I have a ‘normal’ toilet at home, which is a bit more comfortable to me… because you really get the ‘full experience’ of your doodoo when you’re on one of these. Smell, sounds, colours… all of it!